To support the sharing of knowledge and expertise amongst ESPGHAN members by stimulating international collaboration.
The award is made to young investigators / clinicians (with less than 10 years in the sub-specialty) who are ESPGHAN members (any type) and wish to acquire appropriate clinical or research skills not available to them in their country of origin.
Appropriate skills’ may include any techniques / expertise not available in the home institution. Examples include: an exchange visit to acquire specific diagnostic / therapeutic endoscopy skills, to learn a relevant laboratory technique, to learn how to set up / provide a specific service model (e.g. impedance, manometry, national registry or biobank).
Awards are only made if the sponsor is a current ESPGHAN member. This award is not made for attendance at courses / schools / symposia.
Applications may be made at any time, but must be made in writing and sent to the ESPGHAN Office. A standard application form signed by the representative of the 'host' institution and the institution that will be visited must be completed and returned with a letter of intent and a current CV. The letter of intent should include a brief description of the planned project / visit and likely benefit to the applicant and / or host institution.
The award value currently stands at € 3,000 which is provided to help cover travel and accommodation costs. This is on the assumption that sponsorship and/or the home unit covers other costs.
Members of the ESPGHAN Council will review all applications. Each member will review the application independently. The applicant will receive notification no later than 6 weeks after receipt of application.
Within one month of completion of the period of study, a one-page summary of the exchange and its achievements must be returned to the ESPGHAN Office for publication on the ESPGHAN website. This report needs to be signed by the supervisor of the host institution. A statement on the use of finances is to be provided also within one month after having completed the study period to release the fund.
Applications can be received throughout the year, up to 7 awards will be given in any one year.